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Democratic presidential candidates in IA and MN

Brett Bachtle
Updated: November 03, 2019 11:00 PM
Created: November 03, 2019 10:56 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Many presidential campaign events took place in Iowa over the weekend. It's a race to the first in the nation caucuses that is coming up on February 3rd.

One of those campaign events is South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg's Town Hall Rally in Mason City. Buttigieg was in the same room where Barack Obama campaigned in 2007 and on Sunday he spoke to a crowd of hundreds at the Lincoln Intermediate School. The town hall was just one stop on Buttigieg's three-day bus tour across Iowa. He said he wants to give voters a chance to ask questions and voice their concerns. And several North Iowans asked Buttigieg questions about climate change, Medicare, infrastructure, LGBTQ youth, and how he would pick his cabinet -- to which he said he's not afraid to not be the smartest one in the room, and that his cabinet would consist of at least 50-percent women.

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ABC 6 News reporter Brett Bachtle was at the event and asked Buttigieg why he has been focusing on the state of Iowa for  his campaigns traveling to the state seventeen times.  Buttigieg replied, "The first in the nation caucus is the first opportunity I have as a candidate for president to demonstrate my ability to reach different kinds of voters, to succeed, to organize, to do all the things you got to do to win in other states and nationally, too. This is a state that makes presidents and I think that's certainly true for 2020." 

On Sunday's event, a 10-year-old asked Butigieg a question saying "What would he do on his first day in office?" Buttigieg answered by saying "From day one, it would all be about bringing people together."

On Monday, Buttigieg will make a stop at the Golden Grain Energy in Mason City for an ethanol tour and wrap-up his three-day bus tour.


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